Take a deep breath. Now another. One of those two lungfuls of air was provided by phytoplankton, which produce at least 50% of Earth’s oxygen. This Thanksgiving we’re giving props to the ocean for everything it gives us. Thanks, Ocean!
Today’s #SeaweedSunday takes us to the surf-splashed rocks of the high intertidal zone. Critters here have to hold on tight and ride out the waves, but this black turban snail looks pretty cozy nestled in a bed of Mazzaella flaccida and Mazzaella affinis.
It’s almost gray whale season in Monterey Bay! These animals have one of the longest migrations of any mammal, timed by the ebb and flow of sea ice. Learn how a changing ocean is affecting these beloved seasonal visitors.
This Thanksgiving, meet the turkey of the sea! The beautiful and terrifically venomous turkeyfish (or lionfish) is a voracious predator that eats just about anything that fits in its mouth. Yikes. Learn more about this festive looking but invasive species: http://mbayaq.co/1Nd7rNU
It’s a fine day for a shark-tagging trip! Our white shark research team studies the habits and population size of this threatened species. Help us protect the future of the ocean—we promise you don’t have to put the tracker on the shark! http://mbayaq.co/1N6g48l #GivingTuesday
If you were going to put a Fitbit on a shark, where would you put it? Scientists on our white shark research team are unlocking the mysteries of this misunderstood and threatened species! See what they're learning.
The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, the Aquarium is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day. For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org. Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules are also available on our website or by calling (831) 648-4888.
Wow, what an aquarium. I would say this may be one of the best in the world. Allow a good 4 hours to visit it and make sure you go to each tank when they feed the fishes/penguins/otters etc.
It's expensive but definitely worth it.
Some hotels to discounts at the aquarium if you stay with them.
An amazing place! I particularly love the Open Sea exhibit with the sardine schools, tuna, Sharks, and turtles. The kelp forest is one-of-kind as well. If you love cute, you don't want to miss the otters. A must-visit place for California.
I really like the montery Bay aquarium. The only issues I have is that it's very dated. If you have been to a Ripley's aquarium then save the 40.00 per person because you've seen a much better aquarium. The signs in the montery location are from the late 80's. Even the staff agree it needs a face lift.
Great place to check out when in town. I've always brought the family here. I was disappointed in our last trip though. It was expensive for us to get in and they let so many people in that it was just unbearable after a few hours and we left. Go early
Out of all the aquariums we have visited this one tops the list. The exhibits are constantly evolving and the staff does a great job explaining things and doing the various presentations during the day.
The tickets are a little pricey but well spent considering all the things these guys do for the local marine wildlife.
A really exceptional aquarium, with exhibits and animals that few others can feature. People that complain about the entry price are not the ones that can truly appreciate seeing the kelp forest and open sea exhibits which are amazing. We brought our 1 year old son who was a bit too small to really be interested in the animals other than the otters, but the childrens play areas and hands on displays were good for him. Please continue the great work of education and conservation! • • •
A really exceptional aquarium, with exhibits and animals that few others can feature. People that complain about the entry price are not the ones that can truly appreciate seeing the kelp forest and open sea exhibits which are amazing. We brought our 1 year old son who was a bit too small to really be interested in the animals other than the otters, but the childrens play areas and hands on displays were good for him. Please continue the great work of education and conservation!